Three fall in police net for stealing solar bulbs


A police squad from Damak Police Office, acting on a special tip-off, arrested at least three Bhutanese from Beldangi-I camp for stealing solar lamps from various camps, Tuesday evening.

The detainees were identified as Dilip Rai and Santosh Rai from sector C-2, 145 and Mangal Singh Gurung of C-2, 94/95.

Police became successful in arresting the trio when the squad and camp management committee traced out a high voltage solar lamp, fixed at maternity ward of in the camp health center, in Illam district.

They sold it to a Mon Maya Karki, a local in the district, and charged Rs 10,500, police informed Bhutan News Service.

According to Lutheran World Federation Program Officer, Ganga Dhar Chaudhary, more than dozen of such bulbs and their batteries have gone missing from various camps.

“The loss incurred so far accommodates as high as Rs 150,000,” he said adding, ” No such bulbs of such quality are available in Nepali market.”

A Japanese NGO donated those bulbs to camps through LWF that fixed them at various public places like hospitals, schools, camp offices and extremely crowded sectors, among others.

LWF Nepal is lodging a complaint against the trio asking them to bring into book through criminal acts of Nepal, Chaudhary said : BNS/Arjun Pradhan, Beldangi-I. Comment us at editor [at]